Our Approach

  • An introduction from the founder

    I’ve wanted to set up a really exceptional preschool since my eldest was born sixteen years ago. I wanted it to be a place where children could really be children – pond dipping, splashing in puddles, rolling in piles of autumn leaves, building imaginary worlds out of household objects, making mud pies in hand made dens – in short, enjoying the traditional, idyllic childhood. I also knew I wanted it to be a bilingual environment. At three, my daughter picked up Spanish effortlessly within months of our move to Spain – and the cognitive and emotional benefits of childhood bilingualism are widely documented – so it seemed a no brainer to me. Finally, I wanted the children to enjoy an excellent curriculum and benefit from the best available educational approaches (based on research) so that every single child would have the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential. My eldest was thirteen when I finally got my idea off the ground, in time for my two younger children to benefit (you can see videos of them showcasing their Spanish on our Videos page) in a large childminding setting. Three years later, with a hefty waiting list and lots of really happy families in two, I’m on to phase two – expanding into a purpose-built nursery which will be kitted out like a miniature role-play city!

    — Lianne Moseley-Mould, Bonitots' founder
    • Lianne
      Founder and Managing Director

      Lianne

      Founder and Managing Director

      Until 2013 I was a company director in the City, but I’ve been planning to open a bilingual, musical, adventure-filled nursery ever since my eldest daughter was young and I realised that there were very few options for exceptional bilingual childcare. I developed my love of languages as a child visiting my grandparents’ home in La Cala, Spain. I went on to get a first class degree in Spanish with Portuguese from Queen Mary University of London, living and studying in Spain, Cuba and Brazil along the way. I’ve seen the benefits of childhood bilingualism in my daughter Ella, now a teenager, who went to a preschool in Spain for a year. I’ve completed courses covering assessment and planning, schemas, play-based learning, the early years foundation stage, safeguarding and welfare and am qualified in paediatric first aid. I have to say, though, I think my best training for this job (apart from being a mum of three) was having seven younger siblings!

      Personal Info:
      • Education and experience:
        Spanish with Portuguese BA (Hons) and a range of early years related courses
      • Role:
        Founder and Managing Director
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish, Portuguese, French
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Flute, piano, ballet, Senor Pájaro Rhyme Time and StoryTime Chess
    • Zarala
      Manager

      Zarala

      Manager

      Zarala has been with us since summer 2016. Her joie de vivre, infectious laugh and creativity were just some of the skills that confirmed she was a keeper! She is also exceptionally skilled at getting all children to tap into their emotions and calmness. Alongside her role as Nursery Manager, she works predominantly with our pre-escolares (pre-schoolers). Zarala says “my teaching is based on enabling children to understand their emotions and on providing every child with the love and care they need. I love travelling and learning about other cultures. I enjoy taking my dog out for walks and making the people who are near to me happy. Also I cant live without Spanish food!”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Técnico Superior en Educación Infantil with specialism in child psychology (equivalent to NVQ level 4), NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
      • Role:
        Manager
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Spanish Club, Senor Lobo
    • Helene
      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene

      Deputy Manager, Administration and Events

      Helene joined us in summer 2019 as a practitioner and events manager and was promoted to Deputy Manager in January 2020 in recognition of all she had brought to the nursery. She has organised events including a visit from the Jambs Owls, an African music workshop, a visit from a ballerina and a fire engine visit and her cookery and science club are firm favourites with the children. Helene says “I love languages. I am very proud of helping children achieve tasks most people think children are incapable of doing such as cooking complex dishes and understanding science concepts”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Qualified Teacher Status, BSc Zoology, MSc Animal Behaviour, PhD animal Behaviour
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager, Administration and Events
      • Languages:
        French, English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Science Club, Cookery Club, Forest School (with our qualified forest school leader)
    • Luisi
      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi

      Deputy Manager, Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Luisi joined us in spring 2019 just before our expansion into our new site. She impressed us with her hardworking, ambitious nature and her passion for giving children the best education – as well as the fact that all the children loved her – and was soon promoted to Deputy Manager at our new site. She enjoys reading, travelling and learning about other cultures. Luisi says “I am passionate about teaching – it has been my dream since I was a child. Every day in my work I try to teach and bring something new to children.  At the same time I learn with them. My goal in coming to the UK was not only to learn the language, but to start a new life here doing what  I like most – to teach.
      Learning the culture, and taking that great step was very important in my life.  I love reading, traveling and learning about the places I visit. I have never stopped studying – I think it is enriching personally and professionally for your life. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I like in this country – to share what I know with the children and teach”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (Level 6), Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Deputy Manager and Practitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and Extra-Curricular Classes:
        Spanish Club, Flamenco
    • Tania
      Practitioner in Peques

      Tania

      Practitioner in Peques

      Tania joined Bonitots on a short term contract in November 2019 and we quickly fell in love with her and invited her to extend! She has been a joyful presence in Peques, our toddler room. She will be with us until March 2020, when she will be heading back to Spain. Tania says “I like to go out with my friends, discover new places and I’m always looking for something new!”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Teaching Degree in Early Childhood Education (level 6)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Art Club
    • Almudena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Almudena joined us in January 2020 and found her footing straight away in Bebés, where her calm, gentle approach as well as her progressive ideas are highly valued. She started work immediately on a flash card programme – Bits de Inteligencia – which sees children introduced to the food, animals, culture and flags – amongst other things – of our monthly theme countries. As well as her early years qualification, she has completed a range of courses including paediatric first aid, specialist in baby massage, psicomotricidad, safeguarding and much more. Almudena says “I love sports, books, cinema and am enjoying continuing to improve my academic training with a Masters in Intervention for People with Special Needs and a Masters in Montessori Pedagogy.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4), Spanish as a Foreign Language and more than 12 years’ experience in the early years
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Bits de Inteligencia, Asamblea
    • Desirée
      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      Desirée

      Practitioner in Pre-Escolares

      We were delighted when Desirée joined us in January 2020. She brought with her lots of experience as both a mother and qualified primary school teacher as well as a passion for supporting children with their emotional and interpersonal development through her Valores Positivos (Positive Values) classes which cover recognition of emotions, environmental awareness and much more. Desirée says “in my spare time, I love yoga, reading, meditation and travel.”

      Personal Info:
      • Experience and qualifications:
        Degree in Primary Teaching, Qualified Teacher Status
      • Role:
        Pracitioner in Pre-Escolares
      • My Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Skills and extra-curricular classes:
        Valores Positivos
    • Paula G
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula G

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Paula joined us in January 2020, bringing with her a passion for horticulture which we valued highly! Paula will be managing our allotment alongside her role as a practitioner in Bonitropolis. Paula says “I am interested in coeducation through a comprehensive gender perspective, organic farming as educational therapy for any age as well as continuing my training. My degree in Pedagogy included a specialism in environmental education, during which I carried out a project in school gardens in different schools on the island of Tenerife.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Degree in Pedagogy with a specialism in Environmental Education
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Extra-curricular classes:
        Horticulture
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
    • Aintzane
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis

      Aintzane has been at Bonitots for the last 2 years and has seen us grow from a small, home-based setting into a fully fledged nursery. She loves working with children aged 2 to 3 and supporting them to transition from Peques (our toddler room) to Pre-Escolar through fun, child-led, creative activities. Aintzane says “I love working as part of a team and I enjoy sports and dancing.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Diploma in Early Childhood Education for 0-3 year olds (equivalent to NVQ level 4)
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Spanish, Basque, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Psicomotricidad
    • Jelena
      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena

      Practitioner in Bebés

      Jelena joined us in January 2020 as we continued to grow. She quickly found her place in Bebés and has had the little ones delighted with her creative activities. Whether she’s entertaining them with cornstarch, coloured water, musical instruments or toys in ice, she’s guaranteed to have our youngest children enthralled. Jelena says “in my spare time, I love reading, shopping and spending time with my family”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Serbian
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Creative, Art and Sensory Sessions
    • Maria
      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria

      Assistant Practitioner in Bebés (part-time)

      Maria joined us in January 2020 as we expanded. Her many years’ experience in nurseries throughout the local area, as well as her experience as an assistant room leader were, of course, really valuable – but the main reason we love her is because she is constantly smiling and has a natural, instinctive love for children. She is particularly skilled with babies and has made an excellent addition to our baby room team. Maria says “in my spare time I love music, reading and video editing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Roles as assistant room leader and a range of early years qualifications including paediatric first aid, safeguarding, understanding babies and much more
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bebés
      • Languages:
        English, Moroccan, French
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Baby Rhyme Time
    • Lidia
      Practitioner in Bonitropolis, Coordinator of Planning and Environment

      Lidia

      Practitioner in Bonitropolis, Coordinator of Planning and Environment

      Lidia joined us in January 2020 and we quickly employed her experience as a Room Leader in an Ofsted outstanding nursery, tasking her with refreshing our planning systems and the nursery layout in line with a new phase in our expansion. As well as her degree, she has a range of qualifications in the early years including Paediatric First Aid, safeguarding and much more. Lidia particularly enjoys working with our “terrific twos” in Bonitropolis. Lidia says “I’m very interested in the linguistic and translation field. I work as a Spanish QA in my free time and at weekends. I love reading, creating and running.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        BA English Language, Literature and Culture
      • Role:
        Practitioner in Bonitropolis, Coordinator of Planning and Environment
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Coordinator of Planning and Environment

       

    • Monique
      Assistant in Bebés and Peques

      Monique

      Assistant in Bebés and Peques

      Monique joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020 and quickly impressed us with her joy for her work, her ability to calm babies and young children and her organisational skills! Bebés and Peques have now claimed her for their own and she supports the staff to ensure that they are able to provide our youngest children with the best possible experiences. Monique says “I like music, spending time with friends, and am always keen to discover new things.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Early Education in her home country of Benin and mum of 2!
      • Role:
        Nursery assistant
      • Languages:
        French, English
    • Elena
      Practioner in Bonitropolis (part-time)

      Elena

      Practioner in Bonitropolis (part-time)

      Elena joined us in summer 2019 alongside her studies in Montessori Education and we quickly realised she was a wonderful fit for our methodology and approach. She will be leaving us in March 2020 to focus on her studies and pursue work experience in a Montessori-accredited setting. We will miss her dearly but wish her all the very best for her future career (and hope that one day, when she has completed her studies, she might find her way back to us!). Elena says “in my spare time I love going to cafés, going for walks, travelling and singing”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying Montessori Education
      • Role:
        Part-time practitioner in Bonitropolis
      • Languages:
        Engish, Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Montessori Club
    • Eximena
      Student Volunteer

      Eximena

      Student Volunteer

      Eximena joined us as a volunteer last summer and has quickly become a valued and well-loved member of our team. She has a particular affinity with babies and toddlers but rotates through the setting, spending time in the various different rooms, to support her studies in early years. Eximena says “I like to help people, travel and visit my family. I’m always trying to improve my practice at work!”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Studying level 2 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Education
      • Role:
        Volunteer student practitioner
      • Languages:
        Spanish, English
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Craft sessions
    • Amanda
      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda

      Nursery Assistant

      Amanda joined us as a nursery assistant in January 2020. She helps serve children’s meals, amongst other things, and always takes the time to have a chat with all the children and make them feel listened to. Amanda says “in my spare time, I like travel, cinema and visiting restaurants for dinner”.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        NVQ level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
      • Role:
        Nursery Assistant
      • Languages:
        English
    • Frances
      Assistant Practitioner in Peques

      Frances

      Assistant Practitioner in Peques

      Frances joined us in January 2020, attracted by our methodology and Spanish immersion approach. Despite not speaking much Spanish when she joined us, within a month she was using complete sentences due to her dedication to her studies of the language! Frances’ special power is playing with the children and responding to their interests – you always hear the children giggling when Frances is around! Frances says “I love teaching young children and making a difference to their lives. I am also a great football fan and love to share my football lore.”

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Working towards level 2 qualification in childcare
      • Role:
        Assistant practitioner in Peques
      • Languages:
        English, learning Spanish
      • Extra-curricular clubs and skills:
        Laughter Therapy and Song Time
    • Alina
      Kitchen Assistant

      Alina

      Kitchen Assistant

      Alina joined us in January 2020 as our kitchen assistant after our previous assistant went on maternity leave. She brings with her experience in catering and even speaks Spanish, having lived in Spain for a few years.

      Personal Info:
      • Education and Experience:
        Level 2 food hygiene
      • Role:
        Kitchen Assistant
      • Languages:
        Romanian, Spanish, English